Clive Pearse out as HGTV Design Star host; judges will act as hosts

After four seasons of hosting Design Star, Clive Pearse is out as part of the makeover the series is getting for its fifth season, which debuts in June.

Clive Pearse will not appear at all this season, and an HGTV spokesperson told me that there’s “no designated host” because the three “judges are now taking on the hosting role, where they’re assigning the challenges to the finalists, checking out the finalists’ work in-person.” That’s “in addition to their regular judging role.”

The network announced late last year that Mark Burnett Productions would take over the show, which last year replaced two of its three judges and dropped viewer voting.

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